Sunday, May 2, 2010

Natural DIY Deodorant

I think I'm going to abandon this blog for good this time, and for my final post- a product that I consider a personal Holy Grail that I am truly grateful for: a natural deodorant that really works. I haven't bought deodorant from a store in at least a year now that I have this. Follow this easy recipe that was inspired by one by Dana Petersen Murphy:

2 T Coconut Oil
1 tsp Shea Butter

Melt these to liquid in a double boiler. Remove from heat.


2 T Cornstarch
2 1/2 T Baking Soda

Mix into a paste. Add essential oils or leave unscented. This will firm up but it may need to be refrigerated in hot weather, especially if you're pouring it into an old deodorant stick. But I actually prefer to keep it in a jar and use it as a paste. I take about a large pea-sized amount and distribute it between the fingertips of both hands, then apply directly! A little goes a long way, use less if it is visible under arms.

This stuff truly keeps you smelling fresh and unlike other natural deodorants, it keeps you dry too. It is not invisible on fabric, so if it gets on your shirt while dressing, just rub the fabric with another section of fabric until it disappears (same old trick that you use for conventional deodorant).

Try it this summer and adjust amounts of ingredients as necessary to fit your preferences.